“The Case of the Disappearing Ballgowns” sounds like the title of a Nancy Drew novel (a Nancy Drew novel I would totally read!) and not the subject of recent Inauguration Day-related news articles. I think most people, though, have come to terms with knowing during these projected next four years, headlines will be anything but typical. But whether you’d have been dreading this day or not, this Big Event will certainly give us plenty to talk about in terms of fashion.
I won’t name names, but recently a major political player-elect was quoted by the New York Times as saying, “There are plenty of movie and entertainment stars. All the dress shops are sold out in Washington. It’s hard to find a great dress for this inauguration.”
Really? All the dress shops are sold out? The last time I checked, there were approximately 689 women’s clothing boutiques in Washington, DC (thanks, Yelp!), not including major retailers. While hyperbolic statements have been the calling card of all major political parties during the election, doesn’t this statement just blow your mind a little bit? There isn’t a single dress for sale in the entire District of Columbia?
When this quote first broke, we were still 11 days away from the ceremony and ball! Does the future leader of our country really not respect women enough to think they haven’t been planning ahead? At least one part of the mentioned quote I can agree with — it is hard to find a great dress! There’s either no option or too many options, and when I want a specific thing, I can never find it…
But why are these missing dresses such a big deal? After all, so many others have opted out of the Inauguration (65 members of Congress, most of the Rockettes, and a Bruce Springsteen cover band), it shouldn’t surprise us that the dresses decided to stay home as well. And while it may just be an oversight (or over-exaggeration), could the ballgowns’ silent protest be seen as a movement of support for, dare I say it, a Pantsuit Nation?
Maybe — just maybe — no one really wanted to wear a dress this weekend anyway. I even know a handful of ladies who won’t be (if a projected 100 million marching across the country counts as a handful). Regardless of what you’re wearing, this weekend is going to be an important day. Make sure you’re not sitting out! Get out and join the Women's March!